Airbase Protection

Enjoy an exciting security role on a full or part-time basis, with responsibility to keep Australia's air defence and strike capability operational.

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Job Overview

About the Job

In this rewarding full or part-time role, you'll help to protect Air Force bases and keep Australia's air defence and strike capabilities operational.

You can work in Airbase Protection on a full or part-time basis, with part-time Airbase Protection personnel used to supplement full-time Air Force resources during times of increased need.

Whether you join in a full or part-time capacity, comprehensive training will give you the skills to:

  • Man observation posts and carry out vehicle and foot patrols to provide a secure operating environment
  • Man control points, with oversight of the right and need of people and vehicles to access specific areas
  • Handle a variety of weapons
  • Negotiate effectively
  • Understand legal powers
  • React to security threats and
  • Engage in self-defence.

You will need to be physical fit to carry out your duties, plus have the ability to deal effectively with members of the public. You will also spend the majority of your working time outdoors, in all weather conditions by both day and night. You may also be exposed to excessive noise, extreme temperatures and the handling of hazardous material but you will be equipped with the skills to deal with all these conditions.

If you're looking for an exciting and rewarding full or part-time security job, this could be the role for you.


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Key Information

Other Requirements

It is suggested that those interested in joining Airbase Protection in the Air Force and seek more information about this role contact Air Force Security Force Recruitment at A suitable Air Force member will respond within 7-14 working days and will be able to convey a more detailed explanation of this rewarding full or part-time security job.

Salary & Allowances

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,406.57 per fortnight ($36,571 per year)*

Salary while undertaking Initial Employment Training: $1,607.50 per fortnight ($41,795 per year)*

While under training, you will also receive $395.69 per fortnight ($10,288 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training $1786.46 per fortnight ($46,448 per year).

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $527.57 per fortnight ($13,717 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment Training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

To assist in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($419 per year).

Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. This particular job is classified as a Pay Grade 1 occupation.

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank.

Pay grade may also increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of advanced courses.

Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

*Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation, meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable) and superannuation.


Airbase Protection personnel will initially be posted to a Security Forces Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley (QLD), Williamtown (NSW) or Edinburgh (SA) but may be required to undertake employment at any other Air Force base within Australia.

Note: Part time Airbase Protection vacancies are currently restricted to applicants who reside within 2 hours surface travel of a Security Force Squadron Airbase Protection Flight located at Amberley (QLD), Williamtown (NSW), Edinburgh (SA), and Pearce (WA).



You must be aged between 17 and 60 years inclusive on the day of entry.

Applicants will not normally be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Education & Experience

You must have successfully passed Year 10 level of secondary education (including English and Mathematics)


If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this position or do not possess evidence of your educational attainment there is an alternative pathway available to you.

You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) Assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this position.

Further information is available here.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months' notice.

Additional Requirements

It is essential to hold a current unrestricted Australian Class 1 (or equivalent) Motor Vehicle licence (a 'P2' Provisional Licence is acceptable) endorsed and proficient with manual transmission. For States that do not endorse licences with manual transmission, the candidate is to provide evidence or a statutory declaration declaring that they meet the manual licence and experience requirements. The holder of the licence must be free of traffic infringements that may cause future cancellation or suspension of the licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.

Where a current Provisional (P2) Licence is held, the holder must have had a minimum of 12 months (P1 P2 combined) driving experience in a manual transmission vehicle prior to enlistment.


The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.


Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.


Military Training

The Recruit Course for reservists can be undertaken in either full-time or part-time modes. The full-time version requires the recruit to undertake a 10.6 week course at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) which is located at RAAF Base Wagga in NSW. Access to the full-time course is subject to vacancies.

The part-time version requires the recruit to complete the residential training at 1RTU in four phases :

  • Phase One = 2.6 weeks
  • Phase Two = 2 weeks
  • Phase Three = 3 weeks
  • Phase Four = 3 weeks

It is recommended Phase One and Two are completed back-to-back however this is not essential.

Essentially the reservist will join a full-time course for the first phase, return on a subsequent full-time course for the second phase and a final full-time course to complete the third phase.

Note: All phases of training are sequential and require successful completion of each phase before progressing to the following phase of training. Recruit training must be completed within two years.

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, Airbase Protection trainees are required to complete Airbase Protection Initial Employment Training (IET).

IET Course content includes the following key areas with lessons and training taking place in the classroom, in the field and in domestic and operational areas of an airbase.

  • Security administration, policy and procedures

  • Airfield safety

  • Security patrolling

  • Communications

  • Operational safety, including defensive tactics skills

  • Control of entry to ADF establishments and restricted areas

  • Weapon handling

  • Combat skills

  • Initial action at crime scenes

  • Management of security incidents

  • Emergency response procedures

For part-time personnel the Airbase Protection IET may be undertaken via flexible delivery or full-time attendance at the RAAF Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS) at RAAF Base Amberley QLD.

Option - Full-time attendance:

Full-time attendance consists of a 10-week residential course at RAAFSFS. The longer duration of this course is due to residential training requirements and weekends, along with the inclusion of additional post-graduate components, which would otherwise be completed at the home location following IET.

Option - Flexible attendance:

The flexible delivery option to complete the Airbase Protection IET is usually completed over approximately 12 months and comprises a total of 25 days training at the home location, which may be scheduled on weekends, weeknights and/or weekdays.

This is followed by a 10-day residential module at RAAFSFS.